Personal Injury Attorneys Sarasota

Personal, Yet Aggressive Representation

Personal Injury Attorneys Sarasota

At Gerber Law, our Sarasota personal injury attorneys have helped hundreds get the money and medical care they need to get back on their feet and move beyond a serious accident. Whether you were hurt in a car accident, suffered a slip and fall, or were involved in another accident, we are ready to fight the insurance companies for every dollar you deserve.

Our founding attorney, Maria Gerber, is an accident victim herself. She knows firsthand how difficult this time is for you and your family. Our clients’ cases are personal to us, and we can relate to your unique needs with a deeper level of empathy. We commit to being accessible, compassionate, and will do whatever it takes to help you with any personal or professional concerns you are facing.

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The Gerber Law Difference

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PERSONALIZED LEGAL GUIDANCE: Some law firms offer generic legal guidance that fails to take into the specific facts of your case. At Gerber Law, we understand that no two accident cases are the same. We invest the time, energy, and resources into every case to ensure we’re providing hands-on legal advice during every stage of your case.

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EXCLUSIVELY PRACTICING PERSONAL INJURY LAW: Some law firms spread their attention among several different practice areas. At Gerber Law, we exclusively practice personal injury, and we only represent injured persons. This allows our legal team to develop a deeper knowledge of Florida’s personal injury laws.

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WE NEVER REPRESENT INSURANCE COMPANIES: It is common for personal injury attorneys to represent both injury victims and insurance corporations. We believe the best legal counsel comes from a personal injury lawyer who is solely dedicated to the rights of injury victims, rather than from an attorney who splits their time defending large insurers.

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Available 24/7. Will Come To Your Home or Hospital.
Free Case Evaluations. No Fees Unless We Recover Compensation.

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Millions Recovered For Our Clients

$775,000

RECOVERED

For accident victim who was side swiped by a truck and required spine surgery.

$690,000

RECOVERED

For pedestrian struck in retail parking lot.

$675,000

RECOVERED

For auto accident victim who required neck surgery.

$450,000

RECOVERED

For bicyclist cut off by truck pulling out onto the road.

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I highly recommend The Gerber Law Group!

Group has been efficient, caring, and thorough during this most stressful time. The Gerber Law Group appreciated my needs and concerns and made me feel comfortable at all times. I highly recommend The Gerber Law Group!

— P. M.

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Went the extra mile

Thank you for your professionalism and your compassionate and aggressive representation. I had a complex case and you always listened to my questions and provided clear answers that I understood. You definitely went the extra mile and achieved a result far beyond my expectations. It is my pleasure to recommend Maria Gerber as a very qualified attorney who can handle the most difficult cases.

— David

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Your group is the best

Thank you for all that you all did to help myself and my family through all of our times of need. I really am grateful for all of your well-being. Your group is the best and I will for sure tell everyone about your professionalism and dedication to your clients.

— Brandon

Personal Injury Law FAQ

After suffering an accident injury, it can be a difficult time for victims and their families and many questions about what to do next are thrown up.

Much depends on whose fault the accident was. If your injuries were due to the negligent or wrongful acts of another person or entity, you have the right to sue for damages in Florida, i.e., claim compensation for your injuries and other losses.

That, however, is not usually a straightforward process if you must deal with the insurance company of the at-fault party. Many people hire a personal injury lawyer to handle their claims.

Here’s what you need to know about personal injury law in Florida…

A “personal injury” is a legal term that means an injury to the body, mind or psyche/emotions caused by another person’s failure to exercise reasonable care. If this lack of care constitutes “negligence” and this negligence led to your injuries, you may be entitled to receive compensation.

A “personal injury lawsuit” is the term used in common-law jurisdictions to refer to a type of tort lawsuit in which the person who files the suit has suffered harm to his or her body, mind or psyche.

Before taking any action, check with one of our personal injury lawyers whether you have a valid claim.

People have a duty of care to others in public and professional situations.

For instance, drivers have a duty of care to other road users and must follow the rules to avoid motor vehicle accidents; nurses and doctors have a duty of care to patients and must follow professional standards to avoid medical malpractice claims; nursing home caregivers have a duty of care to residents to avoid nursing home injuries, and so on.

Negligence refers to the failure to exercise this duty of care. So, negligent driving could be someone speeding and causing an accident by their dangerous actions. If you are injured as a result of that accident, you may have a valid personal injury claim against that driver.

The standard used to assess whether “negligence” occurs is if a person acts in a way that a sufficiently careful person in the same situation would not have acted. An individual is also considered negligent if they fail to do something that a reasonably careful person would have done in the same situation.

There are four basic questions you can ask to determine whether you have a valid personal injury claim:

  1. Did the at-fault individual have a duty of care to you?
  2. Did the at-fault individual breach that duty?
  3. Did you suffer damages?
  4. Were your damages a direct result of the at-fault individual’s actions?

Say that you were in a restaurant and the floor was wet and slippery because food had been spilled and cleaned up. You slipped on the floor and broke your arm, which meant you could not work for two months.

If no sign warning restaurant patrons of the hazardous floor was displayed, you may be able to sue the restaurant owner for negligence causing a slip and fall injury. The restaurant has a duty of care to look after the safety of its diners that was breached by the lack of a warning sign, causing your injury.

If, however, there was a visible sign saying “Beware! Slippery floor!”, it’s unlikely that you could claim negligence against the restaurant and file a personal injury claim. You were likely at fault for your injuries.

Damages are the losses or expenses incurred as a result of an accident.

For personal injury claims in Florida, you may be entitled to file for a range of damages, depending on the nature and extent of your injury.

Most claims in Florida involve the following types of economic and non-economic damages:

  • All medical costs relating to the injury — past, present and future
  • Out of pocket costs relating to the accident/injuries
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Lost wages
  • Property damage
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of consortium (the support, companionship, and aid from a spouse)

If a loved one’s accident was due to another individual’s negligence and results in death, you may be entitled to additional damages in a wrongful death claim. This can include funeral and medical expenses, loss of future income, loss of companionship, and more.

A statute of limitations is a time limit imposed on filing certain legal claims. This is done because evidence tends to become less reliable as time passes.

In Florida, the statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits against an at-fault individual is four years from the date of the accident. For an uninsured/underinsured claim against your own insurance carrier, the statute of limitations is five years.

That sounds like a long time but, sometimes, the full extent of injuries is not known until long after the accident.

In most cases, it is best to file your claim as soon as possible after your accident. Your personal injury lawyer can focus on recovering the maximum damages for you as quickly as possible while you recover from your injuries.

The personal injury claims process is rarely simple. Complications are common and insurance companies are not in the habit of paying out until they have to.

Many insurance companies fight claims and contest liability, attempting to place some or all of the fault onto the claimant.

So, the claims process can be tough and it’s best to hire an experienced personal injury lawyer to look after it. Your attorney will explain the claims process from the initial investigation into what happened, the documentation of injuries through medical care and other losses, and the presentation of the claim to the insurance companies.

The vast majority of claims are settled out of court but not usually without lengthy negotiations and the threat of going to trial. Your attorney can look after all communications with the insurance company, while you recuperate and recover from your injuries.

If you have suffered an injury in an accident that was the result of someone else’s negligence, call 866-233-4529 for a free case evaluation with a personal injury lawyer from Gerber Law in Sarasota.

If you are too injured to come to us, we will come to the medical facility or your home for the initial consultation.